Things to Do 1 Week Before Your Surgery

  • Pre-register for your surgery and attend pre-admission testing appointment
  • If you have not already attended Joint Replacement Seminar, do so now
  • Continue preoperative exercises
  • Begin increasing your fiber in your diet and water intake
  • Begin taking an over the counter stool softener, unless otherwise directed from physician (Do not add stool softener if you have IBS, Diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease or any other condition involving the bowel/stomach without speaking to your physician.)
  • Make sure that things you use often are easy to reach
  • Make sure your coach or someone is available to take you home after your surgery
  • Ask your coach to help you do a fresh load of laundry (towels, bed sheets, clothes)
  • Get any extra groceries or supplies you will need
  • Ensure you have all of the equipment you will need post-surgery